“Educating a New Creative Class”

Northern Ballet

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Introduction

In 2020 Northern Ballet are celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and impressive storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing ballet to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of over 40 dancers perform a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually.

The Northern Ballet Learning department are committed to creating opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to join in and learn about dance. In a typical year, the Learning Team works with over 18,000 people to share the joy of dance.

"As a Leeds-based company with an international reputation, we are thrilled that this ground-breaking project is happening in the North of England, shining a light on Yorkshire’s exceptional cultural offer. The partnership opportunities with the arts organisations in both Yorkshire and New York City enable us to reach thousands more young people and open their eyes to the opportunities available in arts and culture, right on their doorstep and beyond. Northern Ballet wants everyone to experience great art and the aims of this project could not align better with this!"

~Leanne Kirkham, Director of Learning, Northern Ballet

Graphic Design and Photography with Northern Ballet’s Communications Team

A series of resources produced for Media and Design and Technology lessons, demonstrating how Northern Ballet develop assets such as production images and use them to design marketing materials for print and digital. Find out about the roles in the Communications team, what are brand guidelines, and how to take a great photograph of a dancer.

#1: Introducing the Communications Team

#2: Finding Inspiration & the Photoshoot

#3: Producing the Poster Image

#4: Brand Guidelines & Thinking About Size + Proportion

#5: Designing a flyer, a bus side, and a digital billboard

#5: Thinking About Dance Photography

Creative Careers at Northern Ballet

Hear from members of the Northern Ballet team as they tell you about their job at the company and their career journey to get there.

Katy Lee, Development & Individual Giving Manager

Leanne Kirkham, Director of Learning

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